FineLine Technologies, a leading provider of identification solutions for complex global supply chains, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a US Patent No. 10,621,485 titled “RFID MESH LABEL, TIRE HAVING RFID MESH LABEL INTEGRALLY INCORPORATED THEREIN, AND METHODS OF MAKING.” The patent covers the integration of RFID tags into tires as part of the tire vulcanization process.
The FineLine RFID solution is designed primarily for application at tire building machine stage, prior to the vulcanization of tires. This pre-cure solution complies with industry standardized RFID technology requirements (ISO18000-6C, ISO20909 – 209012, ETRTO) and can be combined with printed 1D or 2D barcodes to provide backwards compatibility with existing visual identification systems. FineLine is also an active member of the ISO working group, ISO/TC 31/WG 10, which defines the global standards for RFID in tires, including RF technology, data encoding, embedding methods, and testing methods.
“This is one of many in a growing portfolio of FineLine patents focused on the integration of RFID sensors for pre-cure and post cure applications in tires and other vulcanized products“
— George Hoffman, CEO of FineLine
Hoffman continued, “The tire manufacturing industry is faced with a wide range of new requirements for identification and traceability of tires. These new requirements are driven by automotive OEM requirements, government legislation as well as internal tire manufacturers’ business cases. FineLine is an approved supplier to many leading tire manufacturers in the industry and we continue to invest in innovation.”
Tires are one of the most critical consumable components we rely on everyday to safely and reliably transport our most precious cargo as well as the majority of goods and services. The opportunity to make tires smarter to improve safety, efficiency and consumer experience is expected to grow significantly over the next 2-5 years.
About FineLine Technologies tire solutions
FineLine Technologies develops and produces barcoded, and RFID integrated labels, tags, and stickers for major tire manufacturers, retailers, re-treaders and fleet operators, worldwide. Our innovative RFID enabled tags for mold management, tire production, logistics and fleet management organizations are helping to improve the global tire market, with better inventory accuracy, traceability and connectivity. Learn more at www.finelinetech.com/tires/.